Renowned literary genius George Bernard Shaw was born on July 26, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. He later moved to London and educated himself at the British Museum while several of his novels were published in small socialist magazines. Shaw later became a music critic for the Star and for the World. He was a drama critic for the Saturday Review and later began to have some of his early plays produced. Shaw wrote the plays Man and Superman, Major Barbara, and Pygmalion, which was later adapted as My Fair Lady in both the musical and film form. He also transformed his works into screenplays for Saint Joan, How He Lied to Her Husband, Arms and the Man, Pygmalion, and Major Barbara. Shaw won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. George Bernard Shaw died on November 2, 1950 at Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England.
Joley Wood is a graduate with a degree in English from the University of Wisconsin -- Madison, where he read a lot of and did theses on comics and Irish literature. He worked as a teacher's aid and wrote local television ads before moving to Ireland, where he completed a M. Phil in Anglo-Irish literature and worked as an English language teacher, among other things. He has written on numerous Irish writers, including essays on James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and William Butler Yeats, and a preface for Shaw's Saint Joan. Twentieth century Irish writing has just as much social realism as Temp Slave! and C.S. Walton's work on Russia, which makes him a conveniently knowledgeable yet pleasantly indifferent editor.